The Deutsche Sommerschule von New Mexico is an academic program of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures of The University of New Mexico, in consortium with California State University Long Beach.
The program is located in the Taos Ski Valley, a picturesque village nestled in the Sangre de Christo Mountains of Northern New Mexico. In close proximity to Taos and Santa Fe, Taos Ski Valley has the charm of an Alpine village. This secluded and beautiful site allows students to focus on participating fully in a German-speaking environment. While attending the Deutsche Sommerschule, faculty and students live and work in hotels in the Taos Ski Valley, among others in Powderhorn Suites and Condominiums and Sierra de Sol Condominiums.
The 2014 lectures center on Europa: Traum und Wirklichkeit. Our curriculum is further complemented by evening presentations and lectures featuring our visiting scholars, author-in-residence, and guest lecturers.
To complement the learning experience at this summer school, students can hike the Wheeler Peak trail (13,000 feet); explore the Rio Grande River, visit Taos Pueblo, stroll through the art galleries, visit the Santa Fe Opera, attend concerts of the Taos School of Music, or just play volleyball. While a traditional Frühschoppen marks the transition to the second half of the program, the end of the program is celebrated with a Talentabend, a fun-filled evening of student skits and performances.
The German Summer School was founded in 1975 by Peter Pabisch and George F. Peters — with the support of Ernest H. Blake, A. Leslie Wilson, the University of New Mexico, and the Goethe House New York.